by John Howe
And you, that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.—COLOSSIANS 1:21.
IT is a great and wonderful context, whereof these words are a part, which the time will not allow me to look into, but presently to fall on the consideration of the words themselves; which briefly represent to us—the wretched and horrid state of men, yet unconverted and not brought home to God; and the happy state of those that are reduced, and brought home to him. The former in those words, "And you that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works;"—the latter, in those words, "Yet now hath he reconciled." I shall apply my discourse to the former part of the words, and thence observe,—that men in their unconverted state are alienated from God, and enemies to him by their wicked works. This I shall endeavour,
1. To explain, and show you the meaning of it:
2. Evince, and let you see the truth of it:
3. Apply it.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DISCOURSE I. OF MAN'S ENMITY AGAINST GOD
DISCOURSE II. OF RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GOD AND MAN